Michael E. (Mike) Allen has spent most of his professional life as Managing Partner of W.R. Allen Associates, Consultants in transportation and Economics. The firm achieved public recognition for sorting out the real property acquisition history of the Penn Central, as part of the bankruptcy proceeding. In addition Mike has provided management support for various short line railroad companies, including serving as operating officer of the Bristol Terminal Railroad Company from 1993-1995. He currently serves in a similar role for New Jersey Seashore Lines.
A long time resident of Princeton, New Jersey, Mike graduated from Trenton State College in 1981. He was active in the New Jersey Army National Guard and the U. S. Army Reserve from 1975 through 2001, serving in various billets in the Field Artillery, Military Police and Intelligence. As a citizen soldier, he served Operation Desert Storm. He considers the five years he was attached to the ROTC program at Princeton University as the Associate Director of Army Officer Education as being the high point of his military service.